Last Ebola Patient in Liberia Released

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March 5, 2015 -- The last Ebola patient in the West African nation of Liberia was discharged from treatment on Thursday.

While there was a ceremony in the capital city of Monrovia to mark the event, officials warned that Liberia was still weeks away from being declared free of the deadly disease. They noted that there have been recent Ebola flare-ups in neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea, the two other countries hardest hit by the large outbreak, The New York Timesreported.

Liberian health officials are still tracking more than 100 people who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus. As of Thursday, no new cases of the disease had been confirmed in the country for the past 13 days.

"(The ceremony) was touching, it was pleasing, there was a lot of excitement because we feel that this is a victory," Tolbert Nyenswah, the deputy health minister in charge of Liberia's fight against Ebola, said in a telephone interview with The Times.

"But it's not over yet," he added. "We are still cautioning people. We told them they must still protect their villages, their towns. They should report any suspicion of Ebola to the health teams. We still have a response that is tight. Yeah, we made that point."

More than 9,800 people have died in the outbreak, including 4,117 in Liberia.

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